(Closed) What’s your oldest family heirloom?

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Post # 3
900 posts
Busy bee

We have lots of old jewelry and stuff.  But something really special is a particular silver tray.  For a Greek wedding, the bride and groom need a tray for their Bible, almonds, crowns, and candles.  My parents and all of my aunts and uncles used the same tray my grandparents used and then all of my cousins used it.  Now its my turn!

Post # 4
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

I have a few pieces of jewelry that has been passed down from my great grandma, (and survived the Holocaust in eastern Europe).  However my olderst heirloom is approximately 400 years old.  It’s a painting of a branch of leaves, flowers and fruit with a butterfly and a beetle around it.  It’s painted on white marble and used to be part of a larger piece which was actually a table in the house of a russian count.  It’s been in my family as far back as we’ve been able to trace it, (my great grandfather’s grandfather).  We recently had it appraised/authenticated and the story checks out.  We’re not sure if we were related to this count or if we came by it randomly. 

Post # 5
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

We don’t have anything I’d call *really* old. I have a bracelet that was my great grandmothers, but I’m not sure when she got it. She lived to be 93, just dying in 2001. If I had to guess I’d say it was probably from the 40s-50s or so. Probably the oldest thing we have is a photo album my mom has from my grandma (dad’s mom). It was of my grandpa’s family back in Bohemia (when such a place existed). The photos are super old… some even on tin. His family came to America in the late 10s or early 20s, so it is older than that. Best guess is that most photos are from turn of the century. 

Post # 6
1023 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I have a quilt made by my great great grandmother. She made it like 80-90 years ago, well thats what my great grandmother told me. I wonder though because its in really good condition for fabric that old. idk…either way if it was made by my gggma thats all that matters to me.

Post # 7
5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

i have my grandmothers 18ct gold st christopher medal & chain (its about 80yrs old) and her wedding ring – as i have no children they are left to my only niece in my will

Post # 8
2280 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I have my great-grandmother’s hand sewn peacock quilt (it’s gorgeous and as good as new, so I have it on my bed…apparently it took her so long to make that by the time she finished it she never wanted to see it again, and packed it away!), an art portfolio from my great-aunt, boxes of sheet music that belonged to my great-grandfather, a green glass vase that belonged to my great-great-great grandmother, and a whole assortment of stuff from my grandparents, including two record players, records, jewelry, figurines, handmade clothes which have been repurposed as dressups for future children (alright alright, I still try them on), and soon a china set with 18 place settings. Oh! And my bedroom furniture is antique, though I’m not sure how many generations it’s been in the family.

A lot of that is stuff my gparents were getting rid of, but I can’t stand to see family heirlooms go! It’s so cool to think that my ancestors created these things, or used them, and I want to keep that memory of them within the family.

Post # 9
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I have some heirloom jewelery, but the most meaningful thing I have is the christening gown worn by my grandmother and her two sisters. It was sewn in 1928 by my great-great-aunt. It is still in perfect condition, which is incredible considering what it’s been through. It was stored in a trunk in my grandmother’s attic during WWII in Germany, a bomb was dropped in the attic, onto the trunk and never went off! 

Post # 10
792 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

My mom has a lot of great stuff. I think my favorite old heirloom is a beautiful four poster bed that six generations have slept in- and probably quite a few of us were conceived in!

Post # 11
1562 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m HUGE into my genealogy…this past july, at our family reunion (which I didn’t end up going to) – my mom received a few things from one of her cousins that belonged to my mother’s grandfather.

He had a 5 inch glass doll that he carried with him throughout his entire tour of World War II that a girlfriend gave to him before he left. He gave it to his sister (my mom’s cousin’s grandma) because when he came home from WWII and met my great-grandmother, he knew there was NO way in hell she’d let him keep it.

So my mom got this doll from her cousin as well as a pocket watch and a tiny little knife that belonged to my great-great grandfather!! so she gave these items to me (being the family genealogist).

I’m thinking about carrying the pocket watch, but probably not.

I did ask her if she had any jewelry of her mothers…she said no – but then that night went through her jewelry box and found 3 strands of pearls that belonged to her mom! (my grandmother)…

now granted, they are all plastic – but I don’t care – they are my grandma’s pearls and I’m very excited to wear them. 🙂

Post # 12
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

My Great Great Great Great Uncle was a british knight and we have his sword and an article in a newspaper – its so old it was falling apart so my grandma taped it together but that tape is all old and yellow but we got it preserved and framed now!

We also have a very old marble mantel clock which I love – it’s supposed to go to my brother to stay with the ‘family name’ but It made me feel like home when I was a kid (It charmed at every half hour) and so I put ‘dibs’ on it since I was like 8 – he gets the sword anywayWink

Post # 13
10218 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

you ladies are sooo lucky!!! i don’t have anything like that, but it is very important to me so my son will have heirlooms from me and my mother has set aside her engagement ring to my stepdad for him as well. my mother and father’s families were rather poor though so it’s not surprising that i don’t have anything…

Post # 14
162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I have some jewelry from both grandmas, but my oldest heirloom is a shelf that is 100+ years old. It is one of those corner shelves that you hang on the wall,and is beautiful.

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